1974 BMW CSE

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    While waiting on some rocker panels to come in we are making progress on some of the bodywork starting in the trunk. It's tedious but rewarding. The only problem is that there are a hundred of these little spots to do, and that doesn't count dealing with inside the fenders. But one thing at a time...

    We opted to not have the car primed at the blaster because we just didn't want to prime over quite so much rust. Now that we have worked through and noted all the areas that could potentially come back to haunt us, we will be cleansing it once again then priming it on Saturday. It sure will feel good to get all that metal protected as we keep doing this work.


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    If someone has a sunroof track as bad as mine (who is crazy enough like me to not just fill in the sunroof) then I have just the jig for you.

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    Wow - very cool.
     
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    You can see that those drain pipes were doing their job perfectly
     
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    Here's another progress update from the blog: (some of it has been already posted here)

    Cut, Weld, Smooth, Repeat.

    After ordering up a truckload of sheet metal and a 50 gallon drum of perseverance, we dove head-first into rust repair. We started in the rear of the car going spot by spot through the simpler areas. Below are some photos of one spot of the trunk. We cut a section out, weld a fresh section in and smooth it out. Good as new, right? Well yes, after we do this process a hundred or so more times.

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    Cut out the cancer…Weld in a fresh section…Then smooth it out.

    Then there are the floors

    While the bodywork is happening up top, we also began work on the floors. The passenger side sub-frame rail underneath was rusted through. We sourced a pair of new replacement rails, but they didn’t really match up to the angle and length at the front. After some debate about fabricating from scratch, we decided to modify these units which wound up working out well. A bit of smoothing will still take place after the floors go back in, and we will move to the driver’s side.
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    Remember this photo from a few posts back? Looking a lot better now. Now we just need floors:)


    Some toys showed up

    Our Tesla drive unit, controller, and battery modules have arrived. We have to hand it to HSR Motors/057 Technologies for terrific communication, education, support and packing (thought you wouldn’t know it from these pictures, as it looks a little like Christmas morning just happened).

    We chose 057 Technologies after a lot of consideration. We tossed around buying a totaled Tesla at auction, and stripping her ourselves of all her goods. We considered saving a few bucks and buying from any number of cut-rate dismantlers. Lastly, was the idea of buying from a shop that specializes in Tesla and EV conversion support. This world is a bit of the wild west right now, and there are more diverse opinions on these shops. But after visiting some, and chatting with others, I felt like I bought into not only the passion, but the engineering approach that 057 has taken with their controller, but also the drive units themselves.
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    We will surely see if we made the right call once we can dive into this gear in the coming weeks. In the meantime, it is back to Cut, Weld, Smooth, Cut, Weld, Smooth, Cut, Weld Smooth…
     
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    As a diversion I just left Munich and couldn't have had a better time at BMW. The Group Classic tour was fascinating. Not only did I see a lot of amazing E9s, I saw Elvis' 507 which they brought back to life, their McLaren F1, and plenty of beer and sausage. The Classics facility is amazing, and they will rent you a lot of the cars for the weekend. A lot of private cars being restored or serviced. The main BMW museum was terrific as well - loved the art cars. IMG_4113.jpg IMG_4083.jpg IMG_4126.JPG IMG_4222.JPG
     
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    We continue to make progress on the metalwork. This rust will not defeat us!

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